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Crowdsourcing and Campaign Reform

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Title of the Essay:     

     Crowdsourcing and Campaign Reform, Benjamin Van Loom, October 21, 2015  


Title of the Reflection:     

     Crowdsourcing in Politics  


First Impression:  

     After reading the title of the essay, the first thing that came into my mind would be apply crowdsourcing in the political world.   



     “However, that crowdsourcing is a digital concept keeps its referents firmly grounded in the present, as Tanja Aitamurto suggests in his 2012 book, Crowdsourcing for Democracy.”  


Reflection Proper: 

     After reading the article, it gave me an insight to the reality of running for the presidency and how the political system works from the inside.   

Running for the seat of the presidency needs money. It is the oil that keeps the whole system working tirelessly. There are ways for them to get such money: first, they have a rich family who will back their expenses as they campaign across the country. Second, they can have strong backers, like rich families or rich companies; however, in return, they want to have something to compensate the amount of money they are willing to give. Finally, third, they can get the money of the people and use it to. They think that nobody will know what they did until there is a whistleblower or the national government is following their trail.  

     If the said person is inside the political system, and if he or she wants to reform or revise the whole system, they will have to fight all the political parties in order to do it. Not to mention the backlash he or she will get from the congress, the Senate or even the president.   

     Looking into the reform that Lawrence Lessig wants, wherein the president resigns when he or she achieved his or her goal, I don’t think that it will be the best solution for our problems. The thing is, our current system works. The problem is with the people we elect. If we elect a good president, then he or she can achieve his or her goals. Thus, why do we need to change a system that is working? The next issue I have would be Lessig’s view that a president should focus on a goal. Being a president means that he or she must adhere to various problems may it be from the past, since it will continue to haunt the government until it is solved, from the present, since their action will affect the image of the current government, or from the future, which will protect the future government from possible problems. He or she should be able to juggle his or her priorities or goals in order to be a good president.   

     As for crowdsourcing, it is a good solution for some of the problems that we, as a society, is having; however, as for the political aspect, it is still hard to implement it since the majority always wins in politics, which is the sad reality for us Filipinos. Just like what Tanja Aitamurto said in the article, crowdsourcing is for the present, which means that it is for the people who are literate and who have a good economic status, since it needs people who are connected to the internet.  Unfortunately, it is also true for our country wherein majority of the people are living on the poverty line. Yes, crowdsourcing may be the future of our society; however, it might take a while for us to give everyone access to the internet or to be able to curb illiteracy in our society.   


5 Things I’ve learned: 

  1. Lawrence Lessig plans to revise the political system of the United States of America, especially the presidency, by forcing the president to resign after achieving his single objective and the vice president will be the next in line to be the president. 
  2. The downsides of using crowdsourcing would be the reality that the majority of people don't have access to it and that there are people who can vote that cannot read or right; thus, they will be the ones who won't be able to vote if we apply crowdsourcing to the election of the presidency. 
  3. We can apply the use of crowdsourcing to further advance the technology of knowledge of our society by mustering the brainpower of the people who are connected to the internet. Unfortunately, it will be harder to apply it to everyone. 
  4. The reality of running for presidency shows us that running for presidency requires money and a presidential candidate would be forced to make alliances with people who have some ulterior motive to their help and, eventually, these people who have some ulterior motive would have some power over the president, if their presidential candidate gets elected. 
  5. The reality of the inside system of politics shows us that politicians don't like to change their system, knowing that they will have to give away the advantages they get from the current system. 


5 Integrative Questions: 

  1. Will Lawrence Lessig’s theory on how to solve the problem of government’s failure to achieve its goal work? 
  2. Are there other solutions that are similar to crowdsourcing that will work in the political world? 
  3. Cite other ways to which we can apply crowdsourcing to the current issues of society? 
  4. Give other ways in which we can eliminate the cost of running for a seat in the public office? 
  5. Point out the main problem of corruption and give solutions for it. 




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